Temperatures should be in the 70’s and 80’s again this week, making for some potentially great fishing weather. Keep an eye on the weather and take advantage of the sun while it shines. Be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of water when you’re out on the Missouri River in central South Dakota. Good luck catching!
REMINDER: Help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the regulations. They are very specific so you’ll want to be sure you’ve read the regulations. If you love to fish the Missouri River in South Dakota, please do your part to keep the reservoirs free of aquatic invasive species.
If you have questions about which boat docks are open, check out the SD Game, Fish & Parks interactive Public Fishing Access map. To get there, go to https://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-areas/ and click on the link for Public Fishing Access Map.
In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the fishing is good. North of Mobridge and up to Pollock is very good. Depths are anywhere from 16-20 feet of water. Bouncers and spinners with crawlers are the set-up of choice for many anglers currently.
At Akaska the walleye are biting in the bays. Anglers are fishing shallow in 5-10 feet of water, with all presentations currently working. Lots of good eater size fish are coming in. Northern are also being caught from the shore.
At Gettysburg, the fishing is excellent. Some really nice smallmouths are coming in as well as lots of catfish. North and south of the bridge, anglers are spreading out and using all presentation in 5-10 feet of water. Shore fishing is great as well.
Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the fishing is great and there’s a lot of nice healthy, fat fish out there. Anglers are having good success catching limits in 5 feet of water or less out to 25 feet of water. All presentations are working well currently.
Around Pierre/Fort Pierre anglers are catching walleye in 5-20 feet of water using bouncers/spinners and crawlers. Limits of walleye and smallmouth are coming in as well as some northern and lots of catfish.
Lake Francis Case
Around Chamberlain the fishing is good. Anglers are using bouncers/spinners with crawlers or minnows in 5-20 feet of water. Lots of nice looking walleye coming in.
On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is very good. Lots of eater size walleye are being caught, with a little sorting. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 5-25 feet of water, using bouncers and minnows or crawlers.
In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is pretty good. The water has gone down so more docks are open. Anglers are fishing in 5-20 feet of water, using bouncers/spinners with crawlers or leeches. Below the dam, fishing is also good from shore or boat with best times being early morning or evening. Many species of fish are being caught from crappie, to bass, to walleye, and more.
At Yankton, the fishing is decent. Anglers using jigs and minnows, and some crawlers.
For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. Call Akaska Bait Shop in Akaska at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg. On Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-220-2844. On Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case, contact South Dakota Walleye Charters at 605-366-1875. On Lake Francis Case, call Platte Creek Lodge at 605-941-1679 or Circle H Motel at 605-487-7652.
Remember – this report is a snapshot in time and changes can occur quickly. We suggest you call one of our members listed above – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!